Courage Under Fire

The 101st Airborne’s Hidden Battle at Tam Ky

Lt Col Ed Sherwood US Army (Ret)

The story of the young men of "Never Quit" Delta Company at the bloody but forgotten battle of Tam Ky, Vietnam, in 1969.
Date Published :
February 2021
Publisher :
Casemate
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612009643
Pages : 336
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The Battle of Hamburger Hill (Operation Apache Snow) fought by the storied 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade began on May 10, 1969. Five days later, 100 miles south, the 101st Airborne’s 1st Brigade began Operation Lamar Plain, a second, hard-fought battle near Tam Ky. On May 14, newly elected President Nixon announced the US no longer seeks a military solution in Vietnam. As Hamburger Hill’s high casualties became public, a political firestorm erupted. Still raging, the battle at Tam Ky and its higher casualties were never disclosed.

Now almost forgotten, this is the untold story of the unheralded, courageous, young infantry soldiers of Delta Company and others who fought it. As casualties mount and leaders are lost, they live up to their unit motto, “Never Quit!” Fighting with their battalion under harsh, battlefield conditions, they persevere to victory in an unpopular war, with battle odds and a growing number in their nation against them.

About The Author
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Ed Sherwood led an infantry platoon at Tam Ky in Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry, fighting with the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division He was wounded in action on June 2, 1969. After Vietnam, he continued serving as an infantry officer with multiple assignments in the 3rd Armored Division in Germany, the US Army Infantry School, and the 197th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, GA. Ed retired from active duty as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1988 due to medical reasons.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Foreword by Richard K. Kolb
The Soldier’s Creed
Author’s Notes
Acknowledgements
Chapter 1 – Into the Fray
PART 1 – COMBAT OPERATIONS BEFORE TAM KY, 1 MARCH–15 MAY 1969
Chapter 2 – Hue and Beyond, 1 March–11 April
Chapter 3 – The A Shau Valley, 12 April–15 May
PART 2 – INITIAL COMBAT OPERATIONS AT TAM KY, 15 MAY–2 JUNE 1969
Chapter 4 – Move to Tam Ky and First Combat Assault, 15–16 May
Chapter 5 – Finding the Enemy, 17–20 May
Chapter 6 – A Brutal Engagement, 21–22 May
Chapter 7 – Follow-on Operations, 23–30 May
Chapter 8 – The Cease Fire, 31 May
Chapter 9 – Change of Command, 1–2 June
PART 3 – THE DECISIVE BATTLE AT TAM KY, 3–12 JUNE 1969
Chapter 10 – Hill 376 - The Final Challenge
Chapter 11 – Combat Assault and First Contact, 3–4 June
Chapter 12 – Trouble on the Hill, 5 June
Chapter 13 – The Move to the Top, 6 June
Chapter 14 – Nearing the Top, 7 June
Chapter 15 – Unexpected Setbacks, 8 June
Chapter 16 – Turning Point, 9 June
Chapter 17 – Aftermath, 10 June
Chapter 18 – Coming Off the Hill, 11 June
Chapter 19 – Extraction, 12 June
Chapter 20 – Final Thoughts on Hill 376 and Tam Ky Operations
Epilogue – Looking Back Fifty Years Later
Photographs of Delta Company at Tam Ky
Appendices
Bibliography
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
Index

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